I wonder if it is the young generation that is showing new interest in vinyl?
I think it is. Most people which grew with vinyl records - and weren´t hardcore-audiophiles - don´t like them because they know how bad these can sound and consider the cd/digital a relief. Most of these probably don´t know how good vinyl can sound or they´re just tired of the hassle (a person who grew up with vinyl should be about 50 years old now and the eyes don´t get any better as coordination skills... and cartridge screws are pretty tiny etc.) or the drawbacks like dust ect. .
Vinyl surely is something different for a digital native, but there might also be some kind of nostalgia with it.
Besides, my father was a bit into reel-to-reel. Therefore 20 minutes like on a vinyl wasn´t long for him. But nowadays 20 minutes "feel" a lot longer, because the world speed up quite a bit - therefore the drawback of yesterday, only having 20 min/side, might be an advantage of today.
Habits usually Help to relax. And vinyl can become a habit, because you only can listen to it at home (if you don´t have one of these fancy portable players) and you have to do the "ceremony". Having all kinds of music with you all the time is very handy, but it can become normal/usual/meaningless/arbitrary.
Vinyl is different. You put on a record because you want to listen to an album, or at least one side, without skipping every 30 seconds to parts only you like, without changing the genre ect. . And IF you put on a record you don´t do so just to hear 1 minute and stop or change the record, you do so IF you want to LISTEN. Vinyl probably is more conscious decision/perception, than download a song whatever mood you´re in right now (but no more within 30 seconds) and skip/change/stop/whatever.